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Box Elements Debuts

July 14, 2017

Box Elements is a new set of tools for businesses of all sizes to bring the Box content experience into any application built with Box Platform. The first set of tools, UI Elements, is generally available today and includes four pre-built, customizable components of Box's popular user interface, which today is used by more than 50 million people and 74,000 businesses – including 64 percent of the Fortune 500. Box also announced that it has reached a milestone of 100,000 developers building with Box Platform.

“A great content experience is essential to how people collaborate and get work done with their colleagues, customers and partners,” said Jeetu Patel, CSO and SVP of Box Platform. “For the first time, we’re providing businesses of all sizes with the ability to leverage Box's best in class user experience in their own applications. Developers will no longer need to spend huge amounts of time and money building content experiences, security, and infrastructure services from scratch, and can instead focus on building unique experiences for their business needs.”

Box plans to introduce additional types of Elements over time, including backend services and industry-specific app elements that will continue to make it easier for businesses to create engaging applications and content experiences for customers, partners and employees.

Available Today: Box UI Elements

Box UI Elements are modular, customizable and can be easily integrated into any application with just a few lines of code. Businesses can use each UI Element on its own, or strung together with other UI Elements to create common user flows with content in their apps.

• Box Content Uploader allows users to drag and drop files into an application, or select locally from their device, and upload them securely to Box.

• Box Content Explorer provides a view for users to navigate through a set of files or folders stored in Box from within an application.

• Box Content Preview displays interactive viewers for more than 120 different types of files, including documents, images, videos, 3D files, and more directly in an application.

• Box Content Picker enables users to select files or folders stored in Box from within an application.

Box UI Elements are already being leveraged by applications including Workplace by Facebook, Pressly, and Maxwell to power user experiences with content in their applications. Each UI Element is integrated with the Box Platform APIs to accelerate development and are fully customizable, so businesses can modify the components to fit their brand's look and feel. Box UI Elements are designed with enterprise-grade security, leveraging a new access token mechanism known as Token Exchange that builds on Box's existing permissions framework.

Box UI Elements are available as both Javascript libraries and React components through NPM. The source code for Box Content Preview is available today on Github, and Box will release additional source code for all UI Elements in the future.

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